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44345 Joy Chapel Rd
Hollywood, MD 20636

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(301) 373-4350
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June 10, 2015
We have only been at this school for a year, but in that time I have been COMPLETELY impressed with the quality of ... well everything about this school! My child's teacher is great, the specials teachers are awesome, the staff is helpful and responsive, and the administration has always responded quickly and appropriately to any issues that I've seen. Unfortunately, we will soon be moving to a new school due to redistricting. Believe me, I would have been more than happy to have our kids remain at HES for the entirety of their Elementary School tenures.

- submitted by a community member

January 15, 2015
We love this school! My 3 children have had great teachers and interactions. I am not sure what the previous reviewer's problem is with the Principal, but we have had no issues. The school has some wonderful programs. For example, every other year, they have International Day, where they spend the day walking around to different classrooms and learning about other cultures, or teaching other students who come to their classroom; they do crafts, eat ethnic foods, listen to stories, etc. My first-grader recently did a performance with an "artist in residence" from Uganda. There are also after-school activities offered periodically (right now, my kids are in a show that will raise money for First Responders). The school uses a positive reinforcement behavior system, where students are randomly given tickets to reward good acts. The tickets are placed in a lottery and names are drawn for random prizes. There is a lot of parental involvement. I volunteer regularly and see lots of other parents doing the same. As far as the population of the school, there are many good neighborhoods that feed into this school, I see no issues.

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2014
The teachers are good, office staff adequate. The nurse is excellent. The principal is horrible. This school is good because of the parental involvement, not because of the leadership. Over the past 5 years the school has greatly declined due to redistricting and the loss of the core volunteer base. It will continue to decline with the present principal in place.

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June 05, 2010
We have had the pleasure of attending HES for 2 years, and are sorry to be moving on. The teachers are awesome, the principal is 2nd to none and the support staff is friendly and supportive. I cannot understand how anyone could have had an unpleasant experience at this school. My children have attended many elementary schools in several states, and we have never come across a more oped-door, warm environment. Thank you Hollywood for 2 awesome years!

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May 25, 2010
We transferred into HES in Nov 2009. The office was attentive and supportive to our needs and concerns. Our third grade teacher has been the perfect teacher to introduce our child to a new environment. I am impressed and very pleased with the staff and teachers for the communication on ongoing activities and my child's progress.

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March 10, 2010
I was nervous about registering my son, mid-year, after reading the previous reviews, but I was pleasantly surprised! The office staff couldn't have been nicer, & thank you Mrs. Guy for your help and friendliness. The VP took time to sit down with me and talk about my son, the school nurse was so helpful also! Thank you all so very much for beginning our transition off on a very good note!

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September 17, 2009
Hollywood Elm. is a great school for my children to go to. The teachers and staff are wonderful! They are always coming up with new ways to help the chidren learn and thrive. My 9 year old son is in 4th grade this year and is really excited, he beleives he has the best teacher! Her name is Ms. Molina, she has a way with a very good incentive program to motavate the children to want to learn! I am very happy that my child has a chance to go to a great school that I went to myself!

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May 10, 2009
I was deeply involved with this school. My experience has been: dedicated teachers that work hard. The teachers want the students to succeed. Having said that, the office staff is curt to parents and to staff; the current principal (in my opinion) is inadequate (to say the least). Bottom-line, this is an exceptional school and will continue to be so, as long as the principal can manage to keep good teachers, but that may be a challenge given the current adminstration.

- submitted by a community member

September 04, 2008
HES is a first rate school. I have had two children attend, and continued to be amazed with the entire staff. Mrs. Gilman, the building principal, is to be commended for her commitment to excellence! Keep up the hard work! We all love Hollywood:-)

- submitted by a parent

July 22, 2008
School is well above average and known to be the best elementary school in the area, at least until the new school in Wildwood opens. Ms. Gilman, the principal is amazing and is wonderful with the kids. I highly recommend Hollywood.

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June 25, 2008
My 2 children have had excellent teachers and a wonderful time attending HES. I was actually surprised to read the reviews below. While it took some time to get used to the St Mary's County way of doing things, I think we have it pretty good.

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May 11, 2008
My children have both had a great time at this school, while not perhaps a stellar school, it is still well above average and one of if not the best elementary school in this area. I have a child in the Pre-K program and one in 2nd grade. I agree that the office staff and nurse could work on their customer service skills with the parents, but they put the kids first and really isn't that what you would want?

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May 06, 2008
The office staff, particularly the principal, are not helpful to parents or extra curricular activities. The teachers seem to really care about their students, and interact well with both students and parents. They do a good job with Ecological studies and field trips to the areas outside the school. Parent involvement is high at the school.

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October 07, 2007
My children attended this school two years ago for less than one year. I found the quality of education and the level of expectations to be far below our school in Georgia. The staff - both office and teachers - were generally not helpful or interested. At that time there were no accelerated/enrichment/gifted programs other than a math program that I as a parent volunteered for. I was also surprised that students were only allowed to go to the library to check out books once a week. I hope those things have changed for the better. On a positive note, I did appreciate the science program and the excellent use of the surrounding habitats for experiments - creek, pond, forest, meadow.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2007
As a new resident to the school district coming all the way from MN, they teachers have been really unhelpful and rude to myself, husband and son. The office is not much help either. I enrolled my son in the school and and am inches away form pulling him and moving to another school area. I have never had this many complications with a school before. I am very disapointed that these people are even allowed to work in a school. I can't say that for everyone one that works there, some of them are really nice and very informal.

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September 10, 2007
I also agree that the office staff are rude, including the nurse, but when you are in a bind, they will really pull for you. I volunteer at the school a lot, so that most teachers know my name. I only have one daughter there in 2nd grade. I love this school!

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June 28, 2007
Wow, I thought it was just me. Yeah the office staff in usually rude. they they do not make you feel welcome and you always feel like you are a huge bother. The teachers are wonderful. Mr. Scott is excellent. He expects good things from his kids but his is fair. I've had great experiences with all the teachers so far but he was the best! Mrs. Gilman, the principle, is good too. She seems to really enjoy the kids.

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February 04, 2007
This school has many positive attributes. The teaching staff are the best we've every been involved with. They are truly concerned about the students. We have one child in K and another in 3rd grade. They both have dedicated teachers. I am hoping the office staff come across rude and short tempered (even with parents) because they are busy or overwhelmed. Most of the time they are helpful, but you get the impression they don't want to be there. How sad!

- submitted by a parent
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Hollywood Elementary School
44345 Joy Chapel Rd, Hollywood, MD  20636
(301) 373-4350
Last modified Hollywood Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hollywood Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top